Brooklyn Beckham has shot the new Burberry campaign. It’s not the first time a model has gone behind the camera, but do experience and famous parents make you the next Juergen Teller?
Models are arguably the best people to take pictures of models. The most beautiful and moving photographs are often documents of a particular world, taken by denizens who move in those circles. Nan Goldin’s pictures of her circle of intimate Lower East Side friends are some of the most moving portraits in recent art because she is recording a way of life that surrounds and addicts her.
Brooklyn Beckham is no Nan Goldin, but there is still nothing inherently wrong with a teenage model who happens to have famous parents being asked to shoot Burberry’s latest campaign. He is not the first model to go behind the lens. The great Lee Miller went from fashion model to heroic war photographer. But Beckham is no Lee Miller, either. In fact, it is hard to make any meaningful comparison of his work with any good photographer because his pictures for Burberry have zero artistic distinction.